9780826427946

Religious Diversity and the American Experience A Theological Approach

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826427946

  • ISBN10:

    0826427944

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-05-25
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

Religious Diversity and the American Experience surveys the eight or so basic theological approaches to religious pluralism, ranging from exclusivism through classic inclusivism, revised inclusivism, pluralism, particularism, and radical particularism to comparative theologies and dual belonging. This will mark its usefulness as a text. However, its unique contribution is how it situates the issue of pluralism in the cultural site of the United States (here relying on the "thick" cultural analyses of Robert Wuthnow, Vincent Miller, and others) and in the religious site of Roman Catholicism (as offering the mainstream Christian response to religious diversity). The aim is to develop the best "pragmatic" approach to religious diversity, that is, the one that has the greatest potential for helping shape and reform religious and civic practice. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Terrence W. Tilley, primary author, is professor and department chair, Department of Theology, Fordham University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
A Note on Authorshipp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Siting Theologyp. 1
Surveying the Construction Site: The Cultural Terrainp. 12
A Building Code for a Theology of Religious Diversityp. 47
Classic Inclusivism: Does God Go Incognito?p. 64
Contemporary Inclusivism: Does God Give and Gather the Traditions?p. 80
From Pluralism to Mutuality: Does God Cherish All the Faith Traditions?p. 93
Is Religious Diversity a Problem to Be Solved? Not Particularlyp. 110
Many Salvations: Does God Offer Humanity Many Destinies?p. 125
Dialogue before Theory?: The Practice of Comparative Theologyp. 144
Multiple Religious Belonging: Can a Christian Belong to Other Traditions Too?p. 160
Theologies of Religious Diversity: A "Site Specific" Evaluationp. 175
Notesp. 192
Referencesp. 203
Indexp. 215
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